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    SRI LANKAN SAPPHIRE BRACELET AT JAMES ADAM

    Monday, May 14th, 2018

    This Sri Lankan sapphire and diamond bracelet, designed in the 1950’s, epitomizes the style of its era. Following a period of austerity which accompanied the war, the 1950’s heralded a decade of welcome prosperity. From a private Irish collection and estimated at 60,000-80,000 it is the main highlight of the evening jewellery sale at James Adam in Dublin on May 15.

    Mounted in platinum and gold the bracelet is set with seven cushion-shaped sapphires weighing approximately 45 carats, joined by articulated segments of geometric design with old cushion, round and baguette-cut diamonds weighing around 25 carats.  Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is home to an abundance of gemstones of superior quality and is sometimes referred to as the island of jewels.  The auction offers 247 lots of  contemporary and period jewellery and the catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 53,000 AT HAMMER

    AN HISTORIC DAILY MIRROR FRONT PAGE AT JAMES ADAM

    Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

    ‘SINN FEINER’S EXECUTION – CORK HONOURS THE DEAD’  was the headline on The Daily Mirror on November 1, 1920.  The Sinn

    An historic copy of the Daily Mirror  UPDATE:THIS MADE 200 AT HAMMER

    Feiner referred to was Kevin Barry, scheduled to be executed at 8 am on that morning, as Cork honoured its Lord Mayor Terence McSwiney, who had died in Brixton Prison on October 25 after 74 days on hunger strike.

    As a newspaper man it strikes me as an impressive and startling front page, dealing simultaneously with two major stories, composed almost entirely of photographs and captions and full of visual impact. We know the sorry history of these tragic deaths and their historical importance, here they are being played out in real time. A copy of the newspaper is lot 147 at the annual James Adam History Sale in Dublin on April 24 at 6 pm, estimated at just 80-120.
    There is a photo of 18 year old Dublin Medical student Kevin Barry on the top left of the page and a larger image of the coffin of Terence McSwiney at Cork City Hall on the top right.
    The picture on the lower left shows the Lord Mayor’s flower decked coffin on a tug guarded by the military.  The caption details how thousands paid their respects at Cork City Hall.  There are further photographs of an ambulance covered in flowers arriving at City Hall and Sinn Fein volunteers regulating queues of mourners.
    There are 287 lots in the auction including books, drawings, memorial cards, medals, photographs, letters, carvings, postcards, maps and militaria.  The catalogue is online.

    VARIETY AT ADAMS AT HOME SUNDAY SALE

    Thursday, April 12th, 2018

    There is plenty of variety in the nearly 500 lots at the At Home sale at James Adam on Sunday April 15.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    A 1960S THREE PIECE “INDEPENDENCE” SOFA SUITE BY KARL WITTMANN, comprising two easy chairs and a sofa (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER

    JOHN FREDERICK HERRING SENIOR (1795 – 1865) ‘Feeding time’ (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    AN IRISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY LONGCASE CLOCK, by William Cartwright of Dublin (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    A BURR WALNUT, EBONY AND IVORY INLAID SIDE CABINET IN THE AESTHETIC TASTE, C.1870, attributed to Lamb of Manchester (1,500-2,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    Saturday, March 24th, 2018

    The Spring sale of Irish art at James Adam in Dublin takes place on March 27. The catalogue, which lists 123 lots, is online.  Here is a small selection:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for March 20, 2018)

    Colin Middleton RHA RUA (1910 – 1983) Judy  UPDATE: THIS MADE 26,000 AT HAMMER

    Richard Doyle (1824 – 1883)
    Pied Piper of Hamelin  UPDATE: THIS MADE 10,000 AT HAMMER

    James Arthur O’Connor (1792-1841)
    Two Figures in a Moonlit Landscape  UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,400 AT HAMMER

    Felim Egan (b.1952)
    Blue Motion (1986)
    Triptych  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    Looking towards Achill from the east of Achill Sound by Paul Henry  UPDATE: THIS MADE 47,000 AT HAMMER

    Bird Barking by Hilary Heron (1923-1976)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,000 AT HAMMER

    IMPORTANT IRISH ART AT JAMES ADAM

    Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

    Portrait of Maria Susanna Ormsby by Hugh Douglas Hamilton RHA (1734-1808)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 26,000 AT HAMMER

    The Spring Sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam in Dublin on March 27 will offer a range of work from the 18th century to the present day. One of the earliest is a rediscovered portrait by Hugh Douglas Hamilton, arguably this country’s most important portraitist, of Maria Susanna Ormsby, daughter of the MP for Sligo William Ormsby.  This painting re-emerged in the dispersal of the Harlech Collection in Wales a year ago and is now estimated at 25,000-35,000.

    A Paul Henry, Looking Towards Achill from the East of Achill Sound, is estimated at 40,000-60,000. There are two large works by Tony O’Malley and two by John Shinnors from  very different periods.  The mid 20th century Northern Irish School is well represented by artists like Colin Middleton and Dan O’Neill which William Conor’s 1923 work Water Buckets is estimated at 20,000-30,000.  The catalogue is online and features 123 works.

    AN AT HOME SALE AT JAMES ADAM IN DUBLIN

    Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

    Irish Regency convex mirror UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    More than 500 lots will come under the hammer at the James Adam At Home sale in Dublin on February 25.  Much of the lots on offer come from a Fitzwilliam Place townhouse developed in the 1980’s with furnishing supplied by some of Dublin’s leading antique dealers Chantal O’Sullivan and Gerald Kenyon.  Highlights include an Irish Regency giltwood convex mirror (4,000), a console table with white marble top (5,000), a set of 18 Georgian roll back dining chairs (7,000) and a Wiliam IV extending dining table (6,000).  There is a George III rent table and a French Empire overmantle and among the silver is a c1775 two handled cup and cover by the Cork maker Carden Terry.

    AFTER ANTONIO CANOVA
    Venus and Mars Carrara marble (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE; THIS MADE 16,000 AT HAMMER

    GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND SATINWOOD INLAID RENT TABLE (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    A set of 18 George IV dining chairs (7,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 15,000 AT HAMMER

    A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION AT JAMES ADAM

    Monday, December 11th, 2017

    The James Adam sale of the Christmas Collection Parts I and II will take place in Dublin on December 12 at 11 am and 6 pm respectively.  The first sale, with 381 lots, will feature vintage ports and wines, silver, jewellery and watches.  The most expensively estimated lot is an 18 carat gold Birmingham cigarette case dating from 1871 (4,000-6,000).  The evening sale of 215 lots features art.  The top lot is Howth Harbour, Evening by Harry Kernoff estimated at 2,000-4,000.  Here is a small selection:

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012)
    Sackville Street (litho) 1,000-1,500  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974) Howth Harbour, Evening (2,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    A LARGE GEORGE I IRISH SILVER GILT TWO HANDLED PRESENTATION CUP AND COVER, Dublin 1715, mark of Anthony Stanley (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,500 AT HAMMER

    FINE JEWELLERY AND WATCHES AT JAMES ADAM

    Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

    A fancy coloured diamond ring (50,000-80,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 60,000 AT HAMMER

    A fancy coloured diamond ring is the most expensively estimated lot at the James Adam evening sale of fine jewellery and watches in Dublin on December 5.  The seven carat cushion shaped diamond is estimated at 50,000-80,000. There are rings, watches, bangles, necklaces, earrings and brooches among the offerings.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    A gentleman’s Rolex Oyster watch (5,500-7,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 13,000 AT HAMMER

    A diamond bracelet (12,000-14,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 10,000 AT HAMMER

    A sapphire and diamond ring (5,000-7,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,500 AT HAMMER

    STRONG SELECTION OF WOMEN ARTISTS AT ADAMS SALE

    Sunday, November 19th, 2017

    There is an unusually strong representation of Irish women artists at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on November 22 at 6 pm.  The catalogue features artists May Guinness, Eva Hamilton, Letitia Hamilton, Evie Hone, Mary Swanzy, Norah McGuinness, Kitty Wilmer O’Brien, Margaret Stokes, Barbara Warren, Stella Steyn, Sarah Purser, Estella Solomons, Mildred Anne Butler, Rita Duffy, Sandra Bell, Melanie le Brocquy, Nancy Wynne Jones, Anne Madden and several others.

    By Merrion Strand by Jack B. Yeats is the most expensively estimated lot (€300,000-500,000).  Night Rider by Basil Blackshaw from the collection of journalist Eamon Mallie has an estimate of €100,000-150,000 and A  Kerry Lake, Dingle Peninsula by Paul Henry is estimated at €60,000-80,000).  Blue and White by William Scott was originally in the collection of architect Michael Scott and The Storm by Mary Swanzy is from the estate of PJ Mara. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    By Merrion Strand (1929) by Jack B. Yeats  UPDATE: THIS MADE 450,000 AT HAMMER

    Blue and White (1964) by William Scott  UPDATE: THIS MADE 33,000 AT HAMMER

    Above the Bay by Norah McGuinness  UPDATE: THIS MADE 36,000 AT HAMMER

    The Storm by Mary Swanzy  UPDATE: THIS MADE 100,000 AT HAMMER

    A Kerry Lake, Dingle Peninsula by Paul Henry  UPDATE: THIS MADE 65,000 AT HAMMER

    A STRONG SELECTION AT ADAMS ‘AT HOME’ SALE

    Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

    Antique furniture, art, Oriental porcelain and collectibles all feature among a strong selection at the At Home sale at James Adam in Dublin at noon on November 12.  Nearly 500 lots will come under the hammer. The catalogue is online. Here is a taste of what it contains:

    A NEAR PAIR OF CHINESE CELADON GLAZED HU-FORM VASES, Guangxu (1875-1908) (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 21,000 AT HAMMER

    ALFRED DE BREANSKI JUNIOR (1877-1955)
    Autumn Morning in Co. Galway (6,000-8,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    A KILLARNEY ARBUTUS AND MARQUETRY INLAID FOLDING TOP CARD TABLE, mid-19th century, (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,600 AT HAMMER

    A SET OF EIGHT GEORGE IV MAHOGANY FRAMED DINING CHAIRS (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THESE MADE 3,400 AT HAMMER

    A GEORGE II IRISH MAHOGANY BRASS BOUND PLATE BUCKET (500-800)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 420 AT HAMMER